For most of us, job hunting can be long and slow process. A few weeks in and it starts to feel like forever. Anxiously awaiting the interview calls, endless browsing on job sites, editing and re-editing the resume. After a point, there is nothing you can do but wait and then wait some more until what you are looking for comes along.

But it doesn't have to be that way. There is plenty that you can do to keep yourself occupied and productive during the 'waiting period' aside from constantly refreshing your inbox.

1- Volunteer

Find a cause that moves you and do something about it. Be it animal welfare, education or social issues, there is something out there for everyone and if you don’t find a group or society for the cause you are interested in, start one! One social media account can go a long way.

2- Develop your interests

Think of this time between jobs as your 'personal time'. This when you can invest all of your time into doing things you'd otherwise only be able to practice on weekends. Pick up new hobbies or work on interests. Pinterest and Youtube have got you covered. Remember how you always wanted to learn to play the guitar? Do it. It's okay if it turns out you're bad at it, at least now you can strike off becoming a rockstar from the list of potential career options.

3- Travel

Once you start working full time, your travel time will be limited to those '30 annual leave days' and there is only so much you can see in such a limited time. So go forth and explore while you still can. Who knows, you may even fall in love with the life on the road and decide working abroad is the way to go.

4- Learn something new

There will always be something new to learn. Maybe take up a professional photography course to take insta-worthy pics or learn a new language or figure out what the deal is with coding. It may even come in handy when you do land the job that's right for you.

See, who says job hunting has to be boring and painful? And if you still have some time left after all of this, you can always binge watch your favourite shows.

Majra Team

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